Oncological treatments and the disease itself make these patients require a very specific diet adapted to their needs.
Malnutrition in patients with cancer is very frequent.
34% of cancer patients are at nutritional risk at the time of treatment initiation and this figure reaches 36% when they are discharged, according to data from the Predyces Study.
Thanks to the agreement between Nestlé Health Science and GenesisCare, an international company specialized in providing quality services in oncology treatment in its 20 centers in Spain, the nutritional diagnosis will be included in the protocols of action and patient care that, as of now, You can have nutritional solutions adapted to your needs.
Feeding is essential during and after cancer treatment.
The disease itself and the treatments it requires can cause the body to need more of certain nutrients and cause complications in the patient (extreme fatigue, fluid retention, ease of infections …) that deteriorate their quality of life and worsen their tolerance to treatments, especially in advanced stages of the pathology.
Precocious nutritional diagnosis and nutritional support are the key
“A good nutritional status helps the patient to better tolerate oncological treatment and, without a doubt, to improve their quality of life,” explains Walter Molhoek, CEO of Nestlé Health Science. However, the data reveal that only one third of the patients at nutritional risk had received some type of nutritional support, during the treatment.
About 40% of patients with cancer, at nutritional risk
For cancer patients with increased protein and energy needs, it is especially necessary to have a nutritional support adapted to their requirements.
This support in their diet gives them the specific nutrients capable of avoiding weight loss and of facing the risks of malnutrition. Its importance in the preservation of muscle mass (tumor cachexia) of the patient is especially noteworthy.
As Dr. Ramón Berra de Unamuno, General Director of GenesisCare, points out, “the nutritional status of cancer patients can vary at the time of the initial clinical picture and throughout their treatment.”
Hence the relevance of performing a early nutritional diagnosis to improve and adapt the diet to each case and at each moment, for example, the highest risk of malnutrition is associated, according to the study, to head and neck and gastrointestinal tumors and, in these circumstances, support Nutritional needs to be specially reinforced.
About 40% of patients with cancer, at nutritional risk.